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Missed the point on the Hobby Lobby debate

Oklahoman Modified: October 12, 2012 at 9:48 am •  Published: October 12, 2012

Leila Abolfazli (Your Views, Oct. 7) mischaracterizes Hobby Lobby’s position — not that we should expect anything different from a pro-abortion organization such as the National Women’s Law Center. Hobby Lobby is not saying its employees can’t use contraception or the “morning-after” pill. It’s saying that because of the religious scruples of its owners, Hobby Lobby objects to being ordered by a government bureaucracy to pay for such things through the company-provided employee health care plan.

The way I understand it, the Constitution prohibits the federal government from imposing such a mandate on a privately owned company, regardless of the decision on Obamacare by the Supreme Court. Employees at Hobby Lobby are free to change jobs and go to work for a company that doesn’t have Hobby Lobby’s moral certitude, which is an admirable quality. Hobby Lobby’s female employees aren’t being asked to forgo contraception or the morning-after pill, which is essentially an abortifacient. They’re just being asked to pay for it themselves and not ask Hobby Lobby to foot the bill. This is one of the things most wrong about Obamacare. It mandates a one-size-fits-all system that simply doesn’t fit all.

David A. Jared, Oklahoma City